These "photos of the day" have been so uplifting to keep us focussed on returning to sailing rather than giving up when all this is over. Many thanks also to Simon for having the idea and processing the daily dose.
Stay safe! Alan Birch
As a consequence of a nasty accident to one of the race management team last Wednesday afternoon the method of fixing the Starting Box Window Protection Boards has been changed.
To remove: withdraw bolts, saving in a safe place thenslide the boards to the nearest corner of the starting box, where they can be withdrawn and lowered to the ground. Take care as they are heavy and may be buffetted by the wind.
To replace: Taking care as you lift the boards, slide the appropriate board, in the correct order, from its nearest corner to the correct position and then replace the bolts.
Hopefully this will prevent the tendency of the boards to fall as the bolts are positioned and tightened.
Access to the Club will be prejudiced, particularly from the Black Country side, by road closures for the Birmingham Velo on Sunday(24th). Suggest best access from all areas will be through Northfield/ Long Nuke Road and across the dam. Google route of Birmingham Velo for further details.
I was informed this morning that Vic Lewis, who was a founder member and first Commodore of Bartley S.C., passed away at the weekend. At present I know no more details apart from the fact that he had been frail for some time following a fall. When I know details of the funeral I will post details.
Vic was a fast sailor and a superlative tactician. Following a career as a reporter and sailing correspondent of the Birmingham Post he set up in business as Vic Lewis Boats, specialising in the fitting out of Larks. He was adept at sussing out a potential customer, selling them an old boat, encouraging them to join Bartley and then persuading them to upgrade once they had grasped the essentials of sailing.
He was Commodore for 6 years (from memory) and oversaw the establishment of the Club from "portacabin" type structures to the Clubhouse we have today.
Vic was a sailing and racing enthusiast through and through. The sport has lost the greatest promoter of sailing in the West Midlands.
Members may not be aware of the Midlands Coastal Cruising Club which meets at Ashwood Marina, Kingswinford, Dudley, on the 1st. and 3rd. Tuesdays of the month from October to March. The first meeting is on October 23rd at 2000 hrs. when Mark Burkes is to give an illustrated talk on his round the world voyage on Geraldton Western Australia-some coastal cruising!.
Full details of their programme can be found at www.mysailing.yolasite.com or google midlands coastal cruising club.
Hope this post is informative for you.